“It was great and even though I wish the weather cooperated and although I can’t say that the sun came out, it was brighter after that torrential downpour,” said Susan Anderson, the festival’s founder and chairperson of Town Square. “This is what it’s all about.”
This year’s festival, co-sponsored by The People’s Firehouse, brought out about 400 people and 100 vendors to McCarren Park, where they learned martial arts techniques, listened to local bands and watched dancers, among many other activities.
Anderson said that she is already looking forward to the festival next year and said she wants the festival to grow in depth.
“This has really evolved into something that belongs to the whole community,” Anderson said. “We’re envisioning the same space next year. We don’t want to have the festival grow beyond the confines of that space because if it does, it’ll lose that community intimacy that has made it so special.”
Local community residents who played a huge part in this year’s festival include Robin Hagert, as well as former Greenpoint resident Thomas Stoodley, who returned back to the neighborhood to participate in the festival, although he no longer lives in the area.
Photos: Town Square Inc.